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aah yes of course, the big blue cable. Got that one first. It has a weird little mini-cable (10-1 plug) hanging off the big plug. Not enough to reach to anything. Just ignore that? (Maybe just an adapter or something).
 
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10-1 right

that migh be the external usb from the casing, the wires (in old ones) are usually black green red and white, but if it cannot reach never mind it.

Get the mobo running first and see what you did, just in case the cables are wrongly placed. we need to make sure the motherboard is ok then we go to, GPU's and the harddisks.

and THEN we install the windows, and then you tweak the windows (coppy files and everything), you got a lot of work ahead, get coffee, ashtray, and cigarette. make your self comfortable! :toast:
 

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Make sure you connect the usb connectors correctly (refer to the manuals) or you will damage the board when you plug a usb device in. Usually the little extra single connector 10-1 connects to a earth/ground connector on the motherboards usb connector, but its not required for the usb to work so you can ignore it.
 

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Jesus, my wife will be getting up for work soon! She was horrified before bed when she saw the size of the badass tower getting busted out on the table - wait till she sees it + the big moni!
 

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I thought my moni was just dvi, but i've got it and a hdmi cable. Gonna hook up the hdmi i guess...
 

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K, got monitor hooked up to case and plugged in. Got case back together and power supply plugged in.

When it posts, do I have to go to BIOS or can I just turn it off?
 

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You may need to go into the bios and set the dvd drive as first boot for installing windows. It will be probably DEL key or F2 to enter the bios, just spam the DEL or F2 key when it powers up.
 

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Lights are on inside tower. Wife's up. I'm gonna wait on turning it on 'till she's gone.
 
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by the by, when it's up and running perhaps take a picture for us?

Standing by just in case you need an assist.
 
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i would install the os on the mechanical drive in raid(no drivers needed). then add the SSD and use Intel Smart Response Technology....

this is what ive done and the os boots in 11 seconds after the initial POST....

the SSD alone would be faster, but only slightly and not at all faster when opening up an application that is cashed...

i love it... good luck with the rest of your build... :)
 

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3.5 hour nappy and more coffee helps! Now I've got a new helper though - my 3yr old daughter!!

Case has been sitting sealed and ready since bowing out at 5:30 this morn. General cleanup when wife got in the shower. Mammoth monitor was hidden behind living room couch to defer wife's horror another half-day. I've got it and the psu plugged in. Finger on GO.

CMON BIOS BABY!!!!!
 

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k, so it boots up and goes to BIOS, so that's good. The rear fan on the case isn't going though. There is a wire coming from it, and I'm pretty sure its plug was going to a receptor at the front of the case, but it came out accidentally and now I'm not certain, especially since that fan isn't going. But it pretty much has to be right, cause the only other option is the motherboard and I'm sure it was hooked up before i put the mobo in... i think.

I can't tell if the other fans are going, it's so quiet! I think they are. I can hear at least one fan, hard to tell if its the cpu or psu. I shut it off. Gonna start it again and look at the fans in BIOS. Also probably going to take a panel off for a better look.
 

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K, the BIOS says the CPU fan is running at about 2000rpm's, and CPU temp was up to 33 C. I think I can hear it running when the panels off.

Didn't see anything about PSU fan in BIOS, but I took a panel off and i swear I can hear it. It's a bottom mounted design for this case, so its tough to see. Even tried lifting the case up to look from below, but not good enough light to see through the grill.

BIOS shows chassis fans as N/A.
 

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I also didn't get any long series of beeps like I was kinda expecting.

Maybe it doesn't beep. The mobo has POST State LED's of CPU, DRAM, VGA card and HDD, and when its on the Boot Device (HDD) light is the only one red when its on. Makes sense as its not hooked up.

Should I proceed, or should that rear chassis fan be going?
 
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In the future, edit your post to add new info if nobody's posted after you instead of posting several times in a row, it's kind of a manners thing for internet forums ;)

k, so it boots up and goes to BIOS, so that's good. The rear fan on the case isn't going though. There is a wire coming from it, and I'm pretty sure its plug was going to a receptor at the front of the case, but it came out accidentally and now I'm not certain, especially since that fan isn't going. But it pretty much has to be right, cause the only other option is the motherboard and I'm sure it was hooked up before i put the mobo in... i think.

I can't tell if the other fans are going, it's so quiet! I think they are. I can hear at least one fan, hard to tell if its the cpu or psu. I shut it off. Gonna start it again and look at the fans in BIOS. Also probably going to take a panel off for a better look.
The case fan may (depending on fan type, and what hardware you have) connect either directly to the motherboard, directly to the PSU or if the case has a fan controller built in, it may connect to a cable coming from the case. Better check that cable.

K, the BIOS says the CPU fan is running at about 2000rpm's, and CPU temp was up to 33 C. I think I can hear it running when the panels off.

Didn't see anything about PSU fan in BIOS, but I took a panel off and i swear I can hear it. It's a bottom mounted design for this case, so its tough to see. Even tried lifting the case up to look from below, but not good enough light to see through the grill.

BIOS shows chassis fans as N/A.
CPU fan is operating correctly. PSU fan does not show in BIOS (even if the bios says PSU or Power fan, that refers to a case fan) PSU fans are automatically controlled by the PSU itself based on it's own temperature.

3.5 hour nappy and more coffee helps! Now I've got a new helper though - my 3yr old daughter!!

Case has been sitting sealed and ready since bowing out at 5:30 this morn. General cleanup when wife got in the shower. Mammoth monitor was hidden behind living room couch to defer wife's horror another half-day. I've got it and the psu plugged in. Finger on GO.

CMON BIOS BABY!!!!!
Lol. I know that feeling.

I also didn't get any long series of beeps like I was kinda expecting.

Maybe it doesn't beep. The mobo has POST State LED's of CPU, DRAM, VGA card and HDD, and when its on the Boot Device (HDD) light is the only one red when its on. Makes sense as its not hooked up.

Should I proceed, or should that rear chassis fan be going?
Most modern motherboards no longer have a PC speaker on them. Some have a Buzzer or beeper but that's become less common as well. I wouldn't be worried.

As long as your CPU fan is running, you are safe to continue, but I'd make sure the case fans are running just because it will be more difficult to do later if they need to plug into the motherboard.

Good luck!
 

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Put the kid in front of the TV like a good parent.

Got the fan going. It works in PWR FAN 1 and 2 on the motherboard. Only FAN 1 shows up in the bios, so I put it in there for now (tho 2 is closer to the back).

Consulting Zak.
 
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Your too funny. I can hardly read this. Its read s like a who's done it book. Very suspenseful. The bios is working. That means you didn't short anything out, got the CPU installed right, didn't break anything, got the wires in the right place. Good Job

First thing I do when building a rig is install the motherboard, onestick ram, CPU and monitor. I want to see that post of the BIOS so it there is a problem I dont have to take everything out just to fix a short on something
 

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Yes, exactly like Zak says. I was having a little trouble finding his guide (I had only seen it once), and my buddy was putting components in like a mad scientist, so I abandoned the search to get in there with him. The need for heavy consultation of literature came at the same time as his need to get to bed, which was fortunate. I had the guide up within 5 minutes after he left, and realized how far ahead of ourselves we had gotten!

So it seems like Zak is saying to install the peripherals (my SSD and ODD, which are installed), then hook them up to the motherboard, then hook them up to power, then install/power the GPU, then fire it up again. Is that right? You don't fire it up after each device is intalled/powered? Put it all in (SSD/ODD/GPU) first and then hit GO?
 

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I usually get it all installed and hooked up, then fire it up.
 

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K tx Tigs, now that i go back i see thats been told to me several times in this thread :D

Seems a little daunting, yet straightforward. Probably can't been done before Clifford is over. I will have to pause soon and continue after bed-down for the females. If I have any problems with components in the meantime, I'll post.

Thanks for all the help so far!
 
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Put the kid in front of the TV like a good parent.

Got the fan going. It works in PWR FAN 1 and 2 on the motherboard. Only FAN 1 shows up in the bios, so I put it in there for now (tho 2 is closer to the back).

Consulting Zak.
ROFL

That's good. Glad you got the fan working.

Your too funny. I can hardly read this. Its read s like a who's done it book. Very suspenseful. The bios is working. That means you didn't short anything out, got the CPU installed right, didn't break anything, got the wires in the right place. Good Job

First thing I do when building a rig is install the motherboard, onestick ram, CPU and monitor. I want to see that post of the BIOS so it there is a problem I dont have to take everything out just to fix a short on something
Ha ha that reminds me of something one of my friend's friends did... He had a prebuilt (dell) computer, and wanted to put it in a nice case, so he bought one and went right ahead and took the whole thing apart, and put it in the new case. Won't power on. Hmm... We'll my friend and the guy with the computer are asking me for help but I live 4 1/2 hours away, so I just give them the basic troubleshooting tips.

Two weeks later I find out the guy didn't use any standoffs. The dell case had built-in standoffs so he assumed he didn't need them. Lucky he didn't fry his whole computer.


Yes, exactly like Zak says. I was having a little trouble finding his guide (I had only seen it once), and my buddy was putting components in like a mad scientist, so I abandoned the search to get in there with him. The need for heavy consultation of literature came at the same time as his need to get to bed, which was fortunate. I had the guide up within 5 minutes after he left, and realized how far ahead of ourselves we had gotten!
Ah yes, friends helping. A love/hate relationship. :roll:

Another fun activity is helping a CAD tech do home renovations :rolleyes:


K tx Tigs, now that i go back i see thats been told to me several times in this thread :D

Seems a little daunting, yet straightforward. Probably can't been done before Clifford is over. I will have to pause soon and continue after bed-down for the females. If I have any problems with components in the meantime, I'll post.

Thanks for all the help so far!
Looks like you're on the right path. It might seem a little daunting, as you say, but as long as you do things at a reasonable pace and RTFM then it's pretty foolproof. Except, of course, for an actual fool :laugh:

Just watch out, PC building is a gateway drug.
 
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This has been the most entertaining thread I have read in a while, seriously OP you should write books or something lol.
 
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Are we there yet?

haha, seems like you've got enough help. You do have the windows 7 64bit dvd ready right?

Software installation is another battle to go, make sure to hold your urge and install everything, copy your necessaries and then you can game. Made a mistake of gaming way back when and not getting things done. :laugh:
 

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Yep, got Windows 7 64 bid ready. Just battling a mountain of dishes while the wife gets the little one ready for bed. Also heating up her 80 heating bags she needs to go to sleep with (actually 4, but still redonculous). After they're asleep I'm putting that pig together.

How did you know I'm already dreaming of gaming? I actually got 2 free copies of BF3 with this purchase - one for the i7 and one for the intel SSD. Got a friend who's gonna be real happy. I'm hopin I'll get that far tonite, but not really expecting to. We'll see if I need a nappy before I start...

Talk to y'all in a bit...
 
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How did you know I'm already dreaming of gaming?
I know you were talking to him, but I'll answer your question with a question.

How do you think the majority of people on here learned how to do this stuff? ;)